The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting there’s opposition to state Senator Dave Craig’s “Right to Carry” proposal. We knew there would be.
The newspaper reports some school district officials are leery about the bill that is a huge priority for the author, state Senator Dave Craig who represents all of Franklin. They fear school safety will be compromised.
According to the Journal Sentinel the bill “would allow some gun holders to bring weapons into Wisconsin schools,” and that “schools would have to individually post signs prohibiting weapons under state trespassing laws in order to ban them from the grounds. Though illegal possession of a weapon in a school is currently a felony under state law, a violation of the trespassing provision in a school building is a class C misdemeanor.
The newspaper further reports, “Supporters of the bill maintain that the school grounds provision ensures parents who carry guns do not accidentally break the law when picking children up. The bill would allow those with a concealed carry permit to have a gun in their vehicle while taking children to or from school even if a school has posted notices.”
I agree wholeheartedly with that provision. However, there’s one paragraph in the Journal Sentinel article that sums up my opposition.
“Introduced by Rep. David Craig (R-Big Bend) and Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) in March, the bill, Senate Bill 169, also enables people to carry concealed firearms without a permit. The legislation would undo current state law, which mandates that concealed firearm carriers get training and a license.”
That portion of the legislation is one that Craig has routinely avoided in his public communications about the plan. I can understand his reluctance. The prospect of carrying a gun without training from a professional expert can be alarming to many folks. The training requirement is a big reason Wisconsin was able to pass conceal carry in the first place.
A state Senate committee holds a public hearing on Craig’s bill Wednesday at the state Capitol. Maybe then we can get some answers from Craig as to why he thinks requiring training in order to conceal carry is so unreasonable.